And when the king had received these books from Demetrius, as we
have said already, he adored them, and gave order that great care should
be taken of them, that they might remain uncorrupted. He also desired that
the interpreters would come often to him out of Judea, and that both on
account of the respects that he would pay them, and on account of the presents
he would make them; for he said it was now but just to send them away,
although if, of their own accord, they would come to him hereafter, they
should obtain all that their own wisdom might justly require, and what
his generosity was able to give them. So he then sent them away, and gave
to every one of them three garments of the best sort, and two talents of
gold, and a cup of the value of one talent, and the furniture of the room
wherein they were feasted. And these were the things he presented to them.
But by them he sent to Eleazar the high priest ten beds, with feet of silver,
and the furniture to them belonging, and a cup of the value of thirty talents;
and besides these, ten garments, and purple, and a very beautiful crown,
and a hundred pieces of the finest woven linen; as also vials and dishes,
and vessels for pouring, and two golden cisterns to be dedicated to God.
He also desired him, by an epistle, that he would give these interpreters
leave, if any of them were desirous of coming to him, because he highly
valued a conversation with men of such learning, and should be very willing
to lay out his wealth upon such men. And this was what came to the Jews,
and was much to their glory and honor, from Ptolemy Philadelphus.